Signs of dysgraphia

Top-10 signs of dysgraphia (ages 4–6)

• Difficulty learning the alphabet and identifying letter sounds to the letter.

• Difficulty learning the letters in the child’s own name.

• Avoiding drawing and writing.

• Avoiding fine motor centers or stations.

• Poor ability to cut with scissors.

• Awkward pencil grasp.

• Poor pencil control for curved letters.

• Good at copying, but cannot compose own words.

• Frustration and shutting down behaviors.

• Self-esteem slipping, feelings of being stupid.

Top-10 signs of dysgraphia (ages 7–12)

Children in this age range display poor overall legibility, which is:

• Mixing upper- and lower-case letters.

• Poor spelling.

• Poor spacing between words.

• Poor placement of letters and words on the line.

• Tiring when writing due to awkward pencil grasp.

• Saying letters and words out loud while writing.

• Difficulty thinking of words to write.

• Poor comprehension of what is written.

• Self-esteem slipping further.

Top-10 signs of dysgraphia in teens and adults

• Mixing print and cursive styles of writing.

• Difficulty brainstorming main idea, supporting sentences.

• Poor organization of writing ideas in general.

• Difficulty organizing what has already been written down.

• Widening gap between speech and written work.

• Work avoidance.

• Taking huge amount of time for work completion.

• Decreased comprehension when writing requirement increases.

• Difficulty with grammar and spelling.

• Lowered self-esteem.

Source: “Dysgraphia: Your Essential Guide,” by Helen Painter

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